Nominations for Top 20 Under 40 awards are being accepted

The Tribune is seeking nominations for its 10th annual Top 20 Under 40 awards to honor San Luis Obispo County's best and brightest young leaders. Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 16.

The awards honor 20 men and women younger than 40 who excel in both their profession and community service.

To be eligible, nominees must live and work in the county year-round, be 39 or younger on Jan. 1, and demonstrate professional excellence in their field and a profound commitment to their community.

"We're seeking individuals who are making a difference through their leadership, vision and commitment in both their work and volunteer activities," Executive Editor Sandra Duerr said.

A panel of judges will evaluate and select the candidates. Only one nomination per person will be accepted.

Winners will be chosen in December, short biographies of each will be published in The Tribune in January, and an awards luncheon will be held Feb. 5 in their honor.

Previous winners have been innovative, dedicated, persevering and deeply involved in their community. Some have founded their own firms, while others have played key roles in their nonprofit organization, private business, public agency or university.

To nominate a person for the Top 20 Under 40 awards, click here:

Be prepared to provide background information and specific accomplishments of the nominee. Failure to fill out the form completely or to cite specific examples will result in disqualification.

The deadline to submit a nomination is end of day Nov. 16. For more information, contact Duerr at 781-7901 or

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